The truly final journey of Ignatius the tenacious uterine fibroid — 6 Comments

  1. Diane,

    Apart from your pain and suffering, what a wonderful essay with plentiful details and an unforced flow! I especially enjoyed the fashion updates about Dr. M. Very funny! I look forward to the post-op sequel!

    Your take on life is solid, yet spirited. This piece is worthy of publishing. Have you considered writing smart, sexy medical novels? “It was a dark and stormy night” waiting nauseously behind the bushes at Walgreens for a prescription refil…..!!!

    With that spunky philosopher’s soul of yours, you are going to recover just fine. Something I heard on Relevant Radio (820 AM and 930 AM) which stuck with me is, “Do not let your suffering go to waste.” Let this life-changing event be the springboard for something miraculously splendid.

    I wish you good health. Good luck and God bless you.

    A fellow fibroid sufferer
    (Well, technically, not so “fellow” anymore!)

  2. ::: blushes ::: I just don’t lead an interesting enough life to write about (but do anyway)! Trust me, when I was puking greasy brown stuff at 3:00 a.m. and shaking with fever, I was not so philosophical!

    Are you going to suffer much longer?

    Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words!


  3. I’m glad the surgery was a success.

    Tagging on to the previous comment about springboarding to “something miraculously splendid” (or at least useful), I wonder if you would be the first to come up with a laparoscopic metal detector to help prevent future incidents of left-behind metal.

  4. Now I am the one who is blushing because I looked at my post and saw a misspelling and incorrect information! Yes, people, I do know how to spell “refill,” and the correct station numbers for Relevant Radio are 950 AM and 930 AM; 820 is the station for the Sunday noon gardening show.

    That said, I also forgot to mention in my original post how touched I was when you reassured your surgeon. Very sweet and poetically symbolic given all the guff you gave the poor man! Did you get a good look at the driver of the vintage convertible who almost backed over you in the hospital parking lot???!!! 😉

    Will I be suffering much longer? I feel trapped deciding which procedure to have. It’s the mind-body dualism, you know! Whatever the case, I look forward to my own post-op exhilaration in reinventing my life accompanied by physical relief and a sigh of relief.


  5. I tried the quickest one (UFE) first, which in most cases works. Just wasn’t fortunate. My poor uterus probably wonders what’s going to hit it next July/August.

    SPG: They used a variety of techniques to find the tip, but it was evasive. I just hope it’s so tiny at 5mm that it doesn’t set off metal detectors. As the IR said, “Very unimpressive.”

  6. 5mm is tiny. I’ve gone through airport metal detectors with metal belt buckles without any problem.

    I’d be worried about having an MRI with that in there, especially if it’s magnetic. It might move. And since Ignatius was pressing into your spine, having a moving piece of metal near the spine isn’t my idea of a fun adventure!

    Even if it’s non-magnetic, it might develop electrical current and cause spasms or nerve firings.

    Note: I tend to worry much more than the average person about things that may never happen.

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